Rend Your Heart

12 “Even now,” declares the Lord,
    “return(A) to me with all your heart,(B)
    with fasting and weeping and mourning.”

13 Rend your heart(C)
    and not your garments.(D)
Return(E) to the Lord your God,
    for he is gracious and compassionate,(F)
slow to anger and abounding in love,(G)
    and he relents from sending calamity.(H)
14 Who knows? He may turn(I) and relent(J)
    and leave behind a blessing(K)
grain offerings and drink offerings(L)
    for the Lord your God.

15 Blow the trumpet(M) in Zion,(N)
    declare a holy fast,(O)
    call a sacred assembly.(P)
16 Gather the people,
    consecrate(Q) the assembly;
bring together the elders,(R)
    gather the children,
    those nursing at the breast.
Let the bridegroom(S) leave his room
    and the bride her chamber.
17 Let the priests, who minister(T) before the Lord,
    weep(U) between the portico and the altar.(V)
Let them say, “Spare your people, Lord.
    Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn,(W)
    a byword(X) among the nations.
Why should they say among the peoples,
    ‘Where is their God?(Y)’”

The Lord’s Answer

18 Then the Lord was jealous(Z) for his land
    and took pity(AA) on his people.

19 The Lord replied[a] to them:

“I am sending you grain, new wine(AB) and olive oil,(AC)
    enough to satisfy you fully;(AD)
never again will I make you
    an object of scorn(AE) to the nations.

20 “I will drive the northern horde(AF) far from you,
    pushing it into a parched and barren land;
its eastern ranks will drown in the Dead Sea
    and its western ranks in the Mediterranean Sea.
And its stench(AG) will go up;
    its smell will rise.”

Surely he has done great things!
21     Do not be afraid,(AH) land of Judah;
    be glad and rejoice.(AI)
Surely the Lord has done great things!(AJ)
22     Do not be afraid, you wild animals,
    for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green.(AK)
The trees are bearing their fruit;
    the fig tree(AL) and the vine(AM) yield their riches.(AN)
23 Be glad, people of Zion,
    rejoice(AO) in the Lord your God,
for he has given you the autumn rains
    because he is faithful.(AP)
He sends you abundant showers,(AQ)
    both autumn(AR) and spring rains,(AS) as before.
24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain;
    the vats will overflow(AT) with new wine(AU) and oil.

25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts(AV) have eaten(AW)
    the great locust and the young locust,
    the other locusts and the locust swarm[b]
my great army(AX) that I sent among you.
26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,(AY)
    and you will praise(AZ) the name of the Lord your God,
    who has worked wonders(BA) for you;
never again will my people be shamed.(BB)
27 Then you will know(BC) that I am in Israel,
    that I am the Lord(BD) your God,
    and that there is no other;
never again will my people be shamed.(BE)

The Day of the Lord

28 “And afterward,
    I will pour out my Spirit(BF) on all people.(BG)
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,(BH)
    your old men will dream dreams,(BI)
    your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants,(BJ) both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days.(BK)
30 I will show wonders in the heavens(BL)
    and on the earth,(BM)
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned to darkness(BN)
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.(BO)
32 And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord(BP) will be saved;(BQ)
for on Mount Zion(BR) and in Jerusalem
    there will be deliverance,(BS)
    as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors(BT)
    whom the Lord calls.[c](BU)

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Footnotes

  1. Joel 2:19 Or Lord will be jealous … / and take pity … / 19 The Lord will reply
  2. Joel 2:25 The precise meaning of the four Hebrew words used here for locusts is uncertain.
  3. Joel 2:32 In Hebrew texts 2:28-32 is numbered 3:1-5.